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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW .... January 19, 2012
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Guests: Zack Harder, Doug’s son and former member

Fines:   To Dick Mason for something about Marine affiliation.

Announcements:  Doug gave us an update on Rev. Robinson, he was expected to attend today but it was felt he needed another week before attending.

Tim Polllak said the Sertoma Promotions Club has scheduled the Soapbox Derby for Jun 2nd & 3rd and we will have our Lemon Ade stand this so plan on helping out.

Columbine Sertoma Club is having an All You Can Eat Pancake & Sausage Breakfast Fundraiser Jan 21st, 8 to 10am at Applebee’s Restaurant 14091 E. Iliff Ave (I-225 & Iliff Ave).

Tim Pollak passed out the belated Directories. They are still good for a couple more months before we start that process again.

Ken Kelley mentioned the Front Range Sertoma President’s Reception (Hosted by the Chatfield Club) will be Feb. 20th at 7:00pm, Holiday Inn, 7390 W. Hampden Ave. (877) 863-4780 $18/person RSVP to Pat Diesing by Feb. 13th…(303) 356-2234 or

Rick Jacobus reported the date for Freedom Week this year. Feb. 21st, a Tuesday at Pinehurst CC. Registration is between 10:30-11:15. Signup sheet was passed around again for attending the event, there is still time to sign up or cancel.

Dick Enslow made it official, the 22nd Annual Arapahoe Sertoma Fall Golf Classic will be held at Foothills Golf course on Tue., Aug 28th. Stay tuned.

Jim Rees has King Soopers coupons. The club receives 5% but only 4 people regularly use the service. The card is like a debit card so it’s easy to use


news_l6.gif SERTOMAN OF THE DAY: 

Peter Pauwels was born in 1947 and grew up in the Queens area of New York, a very ethnic diverse area where there was one of everything and everyone. His local river, the Jamaica Creek and the Long Island area were a couple of his big hangouts as a child, The salt marsh, river, wildlife etc. He loved it and even had his own little boat that had a range of about 10 miles. He says he suffers from “saltwater withdrawals” but then the mountains provide much of the same interest.


After a stint in Oregon for college were he was a senior for 3 years and never graduated, he came to Colorado, the vast wild lands that he had heard about. He attended CSU and couldn’t turn down classes like tractor repair….While in college, he had a couple roommates that where studying mechanical engineering so he learned a lot by working with them and they had access to the schools equipment, he says he just had to much fun. One thing they designed and built was a wind generator that they mounted on the roof but a very strong wind came along and tore the generator and roof apart because they didn’t have it anchored down well enough.

Peter attempted to join the Marines in 1968 and was almost there until they asked him to raise his arms and he couldn’t raise one of them all the way up due to some scar tissue so he was turned down.

After graduating he hooked up with some builders and started building solar homes with solar collectors, super insulating…etc. The tax breaks ended in the 70’s and it took him 18 months to finish off the homes he had on his list. He then went into business for himself, designing something’s and trying to manufacture them but he found out it was about impossible to manufacture in the US when competing against countries like China. In the 1990’s with the venture capital, there just wasn’t any capital to be had for a small company.

He had been making some adaptive equipment in his own shop but when he got connected with Craig Hospital, they had about every type of machine you can think of. The materials were endless and he didn’t have to run to the local hardware store for all the little parts. This is a unique situation with a hospital because of the type of patients they have. When he isn’t designing and building equipment, he does volunteer work such as being a Life Skills coach..

Listen to PeterPauwels sod .mp3

Program:   Peter Pauwels doubled as the Program and had a fishing reel rigged with an electric motor for a handicapped person that can’t use a normal reel. He also showed a stand with a rifle mounted on it. He engineers these things at Craig Hospital to fit people with different abilities. If a person can’t use their arms, the rifle can be used by blowing or sucking. He said Craig has a very well stocked machine shop and they can build about anything you can think of.

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A couple links about hunting and fishing if your handicapped. Peter has been building and designing fishing and hunting equipment for the handicapped and showed us some of his rods a year or so ago.

Peter does float trips, half to full day. They can take place at different rivers in Montana, Wyoming or Colorado. He tailors them to the abilities of the people he takes.

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Peter mentions a guy in Montana without legs that has been around the world several times and is a fantastic skier. He is so low to the ground that he can do things able body people can’t do. Another person mentioned who went through Craig Hospital is an excellent hunter and has shot an elk, deer and ducks. He uses a breathing tube to sip and puff to control the weapons and his wheelchair.

The only way to truly understand what he does is to listen to the audio.

Listen to the presentation: PeterPauwels.mp3     


Upcoming programs:
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Upcoming SOD list

Jan 26– Regular Meeting – SOD Jim Perkins
Feb 2 - Regular Meeting – SOD John Pifer
Feb 9 - Regular Meeting – SOD & BOD Tim Pollak
Feb 16 - Regular Meeting – SOD Jim Rees
Feb 23 - Regular Meeting – SOD James Robinson

(BOD means Board of Dir. meeting)

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